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Downgrade 2008 R2 TO R1 OEM

Posted on 2010-08-20
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Can i use the same license key of a Windows 2008 R2 OEM on Windows 2008 R1 OEM?

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Depending on what kind of license you have (Open, Retail, SPLA) it's likely that you have downgrade rights.  

However, you'll have to do a phone activation because the license keys won't be interchangable between the two versions.  They'll make you prove you own R2, and probably assist you with activating RTM.
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Since you have an OEM license, you can also order a Downgrade Media Kit from Microsoft, which will include the install media for Server 2008 and the associated key for the downgrade. There is a shipping and handling fee, but is otherwise free:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/downgrade-TC.aspx
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/downgrade-rights.aspx
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